Shalini Nair


NDA states stall 50 per cent quota for women in panchayat elections
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

According to the 73rd and 74th Amendment Act of the Constitution, passed in 1993, one-third of the seats in all rural and urban local bodies are reserved for women.

Cash transfers may replace rations for women and infants
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Cash transfers instead of food has been widely debated with several criticising it for not being an actual substitute for take-home rations, which is a mix of cereals, fats, sugar and pulses, with added micronutrients.

Meet Anam- One of the three petitioners seeking criminalisation of marital rape
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

The marital rape law was last revised 68 years ago. As the Centre again argues against criminalising it, this 26-year-old is among the petitioners fighting back. SHALINI NAIR on her battle, and the long road leading to it.

From Kameng to Kanker, children add splash of colour to Swachh Bharat campaign
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

While the district-level winners have been awarded, the states are expected to send their top three entries soon following which the ministry would pick the country’s top three and felicitate the students at a ceremony in Delhi on October 2, the third anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission.

Why minimum wage not in NREGA: ‘Women paid less’
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

The Indian Express had reported how the ministry panel, in its report to minister Narendra Tomar recently, said that MGNREGA wages were lower than minimum wages in 17 states but ruled that ‘’there is no compelling argument for convergence of minimum wages for agricultural labour and wages notified for NREGA workers”.

Uma Bharti, 58, Minister, Drinking Water & Sanitation: Over to Swachh Bharat, to oversee how states are faring
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

The sole focus of the drinking water and sanitation ministry has been Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s showpiece Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin).

On the to-do list of Hardeep Puri, 65, MoS (Ind.), Housing & Urban Affairs: Housing for all, Smart Cities, Metro projects
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

What was unfinished business before Sunday’s cabinet reshuffle, and what are the challenges that lie ahead

Central panel says states don’t need to hike NREG pay to match minimum wage
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

A report, prepared by a Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) committee states that wages under the rural employment guarantee scheme were last aligned to minimum wages in 2009, and that “there is no compelling reason to align MGNREGA and states minimum wages again”.

Marital rape a crime in many countries, an exception in many more
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

The grounds for “marital immunity” for rape prosecution were laid by Chief Justice Sir Matthew Hale in The History of the Pleas of the Crown, published in 1736. Poland first to make it a criminal offence in 1932.

Don’t criminalise marital rape, may disturb institution of marriage: Government
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

Section 375 of the IPC dealing with rape makes an exception for such instances within marriages and holds that “sexual intercourse by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under 15 years of age, is not rape”

Right to Privacy: Protection of sexual orientation at core of fundamental rights, says Supreme Court
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

The court expressed its disagreement with the reasoning of a two-judge Bench of the Supreme Court in the Suresh Kumar Koushal vs Naz Foundation case of December 2013, and the way it had dealt with the privacy-dignity based claims of LGBT persons.

Right to Privacy: Very little scope to defend Section 377 now, says retired HC Judge A P Shah who read it down
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

Delhi High Court’s order read down Section 377 pertaining to sexual intercourse “against the order of nature” so as to decriminalise sex between consenting adults while maintaining that the section will still be applicable in cases of non-consensual sex or sex with minors.

Cabinet approval for panel to study quotas within OBC quota
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Announcing that the Cabinet has approved the proposal submitted by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Jaitley said that the former National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) as well as a Parliamentary Standing Committee had recommended such a sub-classification.

Triple talaq verdict: ‘Going back to my husband will be a sacrifice, but I will do so for my son’
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

The talaqnama, which she refused to accept, was the culmination of two years of physical battering over dowry demands. “I know I will be making a sacrifice by going back to the same person, but I want to do it for the sake of my three-year-old son Ridan

The women behind the petitions: ‘Historic day for all Muslim women in India’
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

“I am feeling very good. I hugged my family when the verdict came, they congratulated me, told me it was a historic day for Muslim women in India. We have been vindicated —not just I, for all those like me, even those who were not present, this is for all of them,” Bano told The Indian Express

Nowhere in the world has PPP in Metro rail fully succeeded, says E Sreedharan
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

India’s Metro Man, 85, former DMRC head and now adviser to Metro projects in many cities, tells The Indian Express what he finds wrong with New Metro Policy.

For Metro rail, states must bring private players: Govt 
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

The new metro rail policy states that ‘’Private participation either for complete provisioning of metro rail or for some unbundled components will form an essential requirement for all metro rail project proposals seeking central financial assistance”

Low-interest loans on anvil: Govt keen to fund OBC entrepreneurs
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

As per ministry estimates, quoted from the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI), there are about 1,000 Dalit entrepreneurs in the country, with a combined turnover of Rs 60,000 crore.

498A, battered
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

While, as in case of any other legislation, 498A too has been prone to misuse, such cases have been largely anecdotal. In comparison, complaints declared false on similar grounds are far higher in other IPC cases such as for cheating, kidnapping and abduction, criminal breach of trust

Mother should be natural guardian, not father, says WCD ministry
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

The 2015 Law Commission report defines guardianship as a “bundle of rights and powers that an adult has in relation to the person and property of a minor”. It states that custody is a “narrower concept relating to the upbringing and day-to-day care and control of the minor”.

Will continue to search for missing Indians till there is concrete proof of their death: Sushma Swaraj
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

Sushma Swaraj’s statement came two days after Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said here that there is no “substantial evidence” on whether the Indians are alive or dead and confirmed that their last known location, the prison at Badush, has been destroyed by the IS.

To widen SC scholarship net, govt for raising income criteria
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

According to the current eligibility criteria, their parents’ annual income shouldn’t exceed Rs 4.5 lakh. This figure is now proposed to be revised to Rs 6 lakh per annum. The funding, available in 175 notified top institutes, covers much of the expenses incurred towards fees, living expenses, books and computer.

House panel headed by BJP MP slams homophobia, calls for transgender rights
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

The report by the Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment — headed by Ramesh Bais, a seven-term Lok Sabha MP representing the Raipur constituency— is the first ever government document to recognise the right to civil union for transgender persons.

Protests force early closure of Lok Sabha
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Opposition members, mainly Congress, rushed into the well demanding that the Prime Minister respond to the agrarian distress on the floor of the House.

Panel approves much of OBC commission bill
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

The bill, passed by Lok Sabha earlier, will insert clause 338B for establishing such a constitutional body following Articles 338 (National Commissions for SCs) and 338A (National Commission for STs)

Move to amend calculation of compensation for immovable assets
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

The proposed amendment has been mooted at the behest of the Ministry of Defence following an acquisition case involving 296 acres of Maharaja Hari Singh Charitable Trust (MMHCT) land in Jodhpur that housed sensitive military establishments.

Govt moves closer to granting NCBC constitutional status, Oppn objects
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

Members of the Congress, Trinamool Congress, DMK, AIADMK, Samajwadi Party, BJD, NCP and the BSP had sought modifications in the Bill and Yadav had assured the members some of their amendments would be included as suggestions in a separate sheet.

Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act: Serious disorder if deadline is missed, M Venkaiah Naidu ask states
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

In his letter, Naidu has noted that only Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh have so far established a Regulatory Authority as required under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA), while none of the states have established an Appellate Authority.

Adoption process: Financially able, 40-plus single women top on list
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

The move is a radical shift from the Centre’s stand on the issue of surrogacy, which limits the option to only infertile married couples while entirely disallowing single men and women.

‘Quota for upper caste poor would stop attacks on Dalits’
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

On attacks that are linked to alleged consumption of beef, the minister said “those consuming buffalo meat or those removing carcasses of dead cows” should not be attacked. “They (attackers) were not “gau rakshaks, but nar bhakshaks (man-eaters)”.

MGNREGA wages less than minimum farm wages in 15 states: Panel
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

As per data being examined by the committee, the minimum wages paid to agricultural workers are significantly higher than MGNREGA wages in Karnataka, Punjab, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Mizoram, and Andaman and the Nicobar Islands.

Memorials in official residences: What rules say, how govts have found ways around them
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

To ward off the many requests to allow Lutyens’s Zone government bungalows once occupied by senior leaders to be turned into memorials after their death, the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government had, in 2000, ordered a ban on such conversions.

The Too Smart City
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

The issue is not only the parachuting of consulting firms and vendors for local IT and infrastructure solutions, but that such private partnerships would necessitate a return on investments unconstrained by concerns of social equity or justice. The abolition of octroi, the once largest source of municipal revenue for many cities, has had a debilitating impact on the fiscal sovereignty of urban local bodies.

Last list of Smart Cities to be unveiled, Mumbai not on it
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

Mumbai, whose Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is India’s richest urban local body with a budget of Rs 25,000 crore, has decided not to be part of the NDA government’s flagship mission. The reason being that Shiv Sena-led BMC has reservations about the mission guidelines.

To ease adoption, WCD ministry suggests separate HC benches
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

The ministry is currently holding consultations with Supreme Court judge Justice Madan Lokur in order to study the possibility of having high court benches solely for handling adoption cases.

Mapping expenditure: 80% Smart City funds for just 2.7% of city area
Wed, Jun 14, 2017

Already developed pockets in selected cities will be first to benefit.